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The USGS National Earthquake Information Center reports this morning that a 7.5 Magnitude earthquake struck near Tecpan de Galeana, Mexico — approximately 165 miles southwest of Mexico City.
This strong shake occurred at 9:28 a.m. local time, Friday, April 18, 2014, near Acapulco, a Pacific resort community where many Mexicans vacation during the Easter holiday.
This event was strong enough to shake both central and southern Mexico, the Associated Press reported. “Shaking lasted for at least 30 seconds in Mexico City, where buildings swayed and people ran out of high-rises,” the AP report stated. “There is no immediate word of damage or casualties and seismologists have not yet issued a calculation of its power or epicenter.”
Mexico City is vulnerable even to distant earthquakes because much of it sits atop the muddy sediments of drained lake beds that quiver as quake waves hit. No tsunami threat is currently expected.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.